GoFundMe page set up for family of killed bicyclist

FALLBROOK – A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of Paul Joseph Burke, the 59-year-old Fallbrook man who was killed on the afternoon of May 23 when he was hit by an impaired driver while riding his bike on Old Highway 395 near the Pala Mesa Resort.

According the California Highway Patrol, 19-year-old Sulem Areli Garcia of Fallbrook was arrested on scene for driving under the influence of drugs. Garcia reportedly struck Burke when she veered onto the right shoulder of northbound Old Highway 395 south of Pala Mesa Drive. Burke died before he could be taken to a hospital.

Donations made on the GoFundMe page, www.gofundme.com/paulburke, will go to support Burke’s family. Burke, described on the page as “the epitome of a family man,”  leaves a wife and four kids. An active man, Burke enjoyed surfing and golfing in addition to cycling.

Garcia was booked into jail on suspicion of manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs.


2 Responses to "GoFundMe page set up for family of killed bicyclist"

  1. Lee   May 29, 2017 at 11:14 am

    My dear fellow Fallbrookers, I propose that we organize a bicycle ride through Fallbrook which not only honors Mr. Burke but also desperately raises awareness of the dangers of intoxicated driving. Let’s even get the high school involved and make as big of a stink about this issue as possible!

    What do you say, folks?

  2. Peter   June 2, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I am in complete agreement. Even though my wife and I have only lived in Fallbrook for 2 years we feel very connected to our news families within our community.

    Please advise


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